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Canadian Children’s Ministry Report 2021

What’s been happening with children’s ministry in Canada during COVID-19? To answer this question, Scripture Union created a survey to take the pulse of children’s ministry in the second quarter of 2021 and released the findings in the Canadian Children’s Ministry Report (CCMR) earlier this month. Technically and empirically, it was a comprehensive survey. The […]

How COVID-19 is Shifting Children’s Ministry

The origin of the phrase “Every cloud has a silver lining” seems to be John Milton’s poem “Comus.” It means we can find something positive in even the worst events or situations. So what are the positives resulting from COVID-19? To begin, despite being where we don’t want to be, we’ve learned to adapt to […]

Praying for Children’s Ministry

Children’s ministry has faced significant challenges during COVID-19. Even though there’ve been ministry successes and joys in these unusual times, setbacks and sorrows have predominated. How are we feeling? We’re languishing (in the abyss between depression and flourishing). It’s time to say, “Lord we need You!” While we should always pray, the hour for prayer […]

What Does the Bible Say About Parenting?

“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it” Proverbs 22:6. The above verse may be one of the best-known verses concerning parenting. Remarkably, it’s just one of more than 1,900 references in the Bible that mention parents, fathers, or mothers. We find most […]

Purpose of the Family

What’s the purpose of the family? Sociologists generally view the purpose of the family as procreation and socialization. Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Robin S. Smith, says the socializing purpose of the family in today’s society “is to provide a safe and nurturing space in which its members can know that feeling of ‘home’ … […]

Two Minute Training

For Christians, the Great Priority is to pass the stories along to our children about God’s fame, power, and the marvellous things He’s done. God should not be hidden from our children. We must teach them about Him so the next generation, and all the generations to come, will know and love Him (Psalm 78:1-8). […]

Heart, Head, Hands

Helping children connect with Jesus and His Story takes more than programs, a good curriculum, special events, or keeping children engaged with good things. If children are going to develop strong links with Jesus, they need hearts inclined to Him, a thirst to know Him, and a desire to live for Him. Hearts inclined to […]

Aim Higher

I should have walked out or cried out, but I stayed where I was and stewed with frustration. The cause of my agitation was the content of a plenary message at a children’s ministry conference. The thesis was that children, in and of themselves, are the raison d’être for children’s ministry. It was gruelling. Jesus […]

Tell the Children!

Who does God call on to tell children about Jesus? All of us! This may come as a surprise, but God expects all Christians to be involved in children’s ministry. If we’re part of the family of God, then all of us must connect children with Jesus and His Story. None of us are exempt! […]

Theology of Children’s Ministry

When I started out doing child evangelism meetings I was mainly concerned with program design, event themes, how to dramatize stories, how to capture children’s attention, suitable songs, object lessons, making it fun, prizes and competitions, crafts and games, and getting children saved. A theology of children’s ministry wasn’t even a consideration. That was until […]